Famous Emsworth People


Sir Peter Blake - Yachtsman, buried at nearby Warblington Church.

 Denise Black - Actress, best known for playing Denise Osbourne in the ITV1 soap Coronation Street and Hazel inQueer As Folk in 1999/2000.

Tim Gudgin (born November 1929) is a British radio presenter and voiceover artist. He is best known for announcing the football results on the BBC sports programme Final Score. He was educated at the independent Whitgift School in South Croydon, London, but did not go to university. He succeeded Len Martin after his death in 1995. He had previously worked on the programme announcing the rugby and racing results. He retired on 19 November 2011. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker described Gudgin as "one of the most familiar voices in sport" and "a quintessential part of Saturday afternoons in this country".

Gudgin has broadcast with the BBC since 1952. His voice has been heard on the BBC Radio 4 quiz Quote... Unquote, Housewives' Choice, Top of the Form and Friday Night is Music Night, amongst others. Interviewed in November 2011 Gudgin said, "I did an in-vision commercial for Square Deal Surf which bought me the first house I ever had without a mortgage, so that was well worth it."

Gudgin is a Crystal Palace supporter and lives in Emsworth, Hampshire.

RTim Gudgin died in November 2017 - Read his Obituary from The Times HERE

Sir Mark Evelyn Heath - Diplomat, British Ambassador to Chad (1975–1978), the first British Ambassador to Holy See (1982–1985) and Head of Protocol for the Hong Kong Government (1985–1988).

Lt-Gen Sir Brian Horrocks (1895-1985) -  the prominent WWII general, commander of XXX Corps at Arnhem, retired from the army after the war as a result of wounds received during the earlier Tunisian campaign. Described by Eisenhower as “the outstanding British general under Montgomery,” he was Black Rod in the House of Lords 1949-63, writer of military histories, and more widely known for presenting several TV war documentaries.

His home in Emsworth was the Poor House adjacent to St James’s church. When his daughter married John Herbert, son of A P Herbert, he gave the couple his cottage on the Town Millpond. In wartime, General Montgomery used to refer to him as “Jorrocks,” a nod to the good-natured sporty character in R S Surtees’ Victorian stories – and he was similarly known for his affability in Emsworth.  Read an extract from Lt-General Horrocks' autobiography HERE

Noel Kinnell - civic leader, brewery owner and benefactor  Read More

Nicholas Lyndhurst - Actor, best known for playing Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.


J. C. Reger - Teacher, Historian and author; Educated at the R.N. College, Dartmouth and served with the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1951. He read History at Cambridge and took the Post Graduate Course in Education there. Having spent 8 years teaching at Warblington County Secondary School he is now an Assistant Master at Portsmouth Grammar School. Early in his teaching career he decided that to make History more interesting it was better to use local examples to illustrate national events and developments, but he found no suitable books about the locality of Emsworth and Warblington and so erote "A Xhort History of Emsworth and Warblington",published in1967.  




Lee Spencer - Musician, music theorist and record producer.

Malcolm Waldron -Footballer, former Southampton, Burnley and Portsmouth player.

 William Whitcher - Former Hampshire cricketer.

George Wilder - Former Hampshire and Sussex cricketer whose name is inscribed on a stone at Emsworth Post Office dated 1906.

P.G. Wodehouse Writer see  PG Wodehouse in Emsworth 


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